Burman University in Lacombe is planning to offer a hybrid system for the Fall 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 10 post on their website, the University announced all of their courses will be delivered online, however, students can choose to take their online courses while being on campus while social distancing.
“To ensure that our students continue their academic path no matter where they are, our courses for the Fall 2020 term will be offered online. Students can be assured that classes are being developed and designed for online delivery,” the post stated.
Burman instructors are training to deliver more efficient digital courses and may offer a choice to attend in-person labs or other practical experiences.
“We recognize the importance of the Burman experience in the social and spiritual side of our campus. We strive to offer these experiences in person and to our students who study remotely,” the post stated.
Burman is following guidance provided by the Government of Alberta, which means residence space will be limited on campus in order to ensure social distancing.
“We will share our plans for what residence hall life will look like as plans are finalized,” the post states.
Burman also announced a student aide campaign is being launched to help students affected financially by the pandemic.
“Burman will also rollback the 2% increase in tuition and all other planned fee increases for the 2020-2021 academic year to help ease the financial burden on our students,” the post stated.
The institution says they will continue to communicate with students.
“We pray for the health and safety of our community at this time and we are excited to once again engage with our students this coming Fall and hopefully welcome back all our students in January 2021,” the post stated.
-With files from Burman University